When Android 7.0, which we now lovingly call Android Nougat, was first announced in its Developer Preview stage, one of the headlining additions was multi-window support. A collective cry of "finally" rang out throughout the users of Nexus devices and stock Android the world over, but building in such a feature is of course only one part of the equation. Android is, and always has been, only as good as what developers can get out of the platform. Luckily for us, there are now more excellent apps to choose from than we ever thought possible, and the real test of a decent developer is how quickly they pick up these new features that Google bakes into new releases. Many developers add in support for these new features before the final version even hits a single Nexus device, but others take a little longer. One of those is MX Player, which is updating their popular media player with support for Android 7.0 Nougat's multi-window feature.
Between the likes of VLC and MX Player, Android users are spoilt when it comes to video apps, and it's very rare that we come across a file type we can't open and play on Android these days. Now, version 1.8.7 of MX Player supports the new multi-window feature in Android 7.0 Nougat, which isn't too much of a big deal as the aforementioned VLC player has done for a while, but if this is your preferred choice, then this will be welcome news for you. On top of this, the developers have also added in a new Hardware Decoder, one that has seemingly been specially designed for Android 7.0 Nougat, but will – for whatever reason – be enabled by default on HTC devices as well as those running CyanogenMod. Regardless of whether or not you're in those two camps or running Android 7.0 at the moment, this new decoder can be enabled from within the settings, too.
Both the free and paid versions of MX Player have been updated with these new features, and while it should be live in the Play Store for a lot of people, the link below will get the free version on to your device. If you've yet to give MX Player a try, now's a pretty good time to give it a try, it's especially good for users on Android tablets, as it allows for smooth playback for high-resolution files, which often look better on a quality tablet display.